Fall Release from Taylored Expressions

Happy FALL! Oooooohhhh it is so my favorite for all the reasons–except Pumpkin Spice. I don’t do Pumpkins Spice. haaaaa! I am happy for those that do though–THIS is your time! But I digress ๐Ÿ™‚ This release, albeit a bit smaller, is definitely a fave because I just love making Fall cards. The colors are always so warm and cozy to me.

All these new products are available from Taylored Expressions today, September 22nd!

First up, I have this card using the new Modern Tree–which I absolutely โค ! I can’t wait to make more cards with this for so many occasions. I think it is extremely versatile. Birthdays, Thinking of You, Sympathy….and of course, FALL! Like I did below. ahhhhh!

For this I first cut out a panel with the Mini Slim Petite Scallop die. Then, I stamped the tree stem in Chocolate Truffle on the two angles and then did all the other colors (Mulled Wine, Sweet Potato and Honey) with the Layering Stencil.

I added some stitching, the twine and then this sweet sentiment from the Handlettered Thanksgiving set. I wish I had made a bunch of these all at once. How many times have I said that? ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I made this fun little Pumpkin Pouch! This little felt number arrives all cut out and ready for you to make. It doesn’t get any easier than this, my friends. I think these would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table this year.ย  You could make little tags/placecards for each guest and it would then act as a sweet little gift too.

For this tag I used the previously released Apple Stacklets and the new Tag Team-Thanksgiving set. I used several different ink colors and all the little leaf stamps. So fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Also, here’s the inside scoop: The promo this week, September 22-27–while supplies last, will be $5 off the Modern Tree Stamp & Stencil Combo (reg. priced at $35).ย 

Give Thanks card:

Pumpkin Pouch:

All these products are available Today, September 22nd over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Happy Fall–enjoy it while it lasts–It is always too fast!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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The Cutest Video Hop EVER: 2020!

Hola and welcome to our stop on The Cutest Video Hop Ever for 2020!ย  My son and I are VERY excited to be joining Emily Leiphart for our third year on this fun YouTube Hop, inspiring the next generation of crafters!ย  We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids–or in my case, watching my son craft! Ha!

Thanks so much to our very generous sponsors who have donated SO MANY PRIZES! ๐Ÿ™‚

My only contribution to his card was stamping and diecutting all the images (aka “beautiful photos of some cute little bears”) for him ahead of time. As you will notice, he is not short winded as this video started out at 20 minutes–ha! I edited it down to 10 minutes, so don’t panic! (yes, I know that is still tooooo long. ๐Ÿ™‚ ). You’ll be able to tell, he handled all the rest (and then some) himself. He likes to chat and has a lot to say–with bits of advice about crafting, but I think it applies to life too, often. ๐Ÿ™‚ . He is such a fun kid and quite the natural, which I’m thinking is completely opposite of me if I did videos? who knows! ha! โค

Please note: I do not make videos. For those who do, bravo once again!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is our video โค :

Here is a photo of my son’s card:ย He used Lawn Fawn’s Snow Much Fun Stamp set HERE andย  Snow Much Fun dies HERE.

This turned out oh so sweet and I love all his thinking behind the colors and his descriptions about being patient, etc. โค He’s such a stitch!

Here is a list of the awesome guests on this hop! If you get lost, click on Emily’s blog down below and you’ll get back on track! ๐Ÿ™‚
Emily Leiphart
Catherine Pooler
Jenny Colacicco
Jill Dewey Hawkins <–you are HERE.
Caly Person
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Samantha Mann
Evelin Teeย 
Jessica McAfeeย 
Tenia Nelson
Ujjwal Gupta
Laura Bassen
Laurel Beard
All of the artists’ YouTube links are found over on Emily’s Blog HERE. Please remember that comments here on my blog, while greatly appreciated, are not eligible for the giveaways below. You must leave your comments on YouTube. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning.
Also, while E didn’t get to make another card with another set we were gifted, I thought I would make a couple myself to share. (His video would have gone into the 60 min zone! ha!) This is a fun set from Catherine Pooler! The set is called Sentimental Fruit HERE and the Sentimental Fruit dies are HERE. Thank you, Catherine & team! ๐Ÿ™‚
I enjoy some pun and I enjoy some fruit! ๐Ÿ™‚
I could use a bunch of this one to send. ๐Ÿ™‚
Orange You Cute! I masked off some simple stripes behind theseย  citrus delights with some more scoring.
So fun! I used all Catherine Pooler Inks HERE too.

Complete hop details are also on Emily Leiphart’s blog! Be sure to head over there! ๐Ÿ™‚

We want to thank Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz and Catherine Pooler for sending us goodies to craft with! What fun we had!

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful individuals and companies who have donated overย $1000 in prizesย for this fun event! The winners will be randomly chosen fromย allย comments left on each of our videos. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Comments will close onย Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:59 P.M. EST and will be announced on Emily’s Blog on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Here is a full list:

Tim Holtz 3 $75 Prize Bundles (U.S. only)
Jennifer McGuire Ink 3 Share Handmade Kindness Goodie Bags
Gina K Designs $100 gift certificate
Catherine Pooler Designs $50 gift certificate
Concord & 9th $50 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn $50 gift certificate
My Favorite Things $50 gift certificate
Scrapbook.com $50 gift certificate | White Storage Bin with Rainbow Tabbed Dividers + White Tabbed Dividers
Simon Says Stamp $50 gift certificate
Spellbinders $50 gift certificate
Studio Katia $50 gift certificate
Trinity Stamps $50 gift certificate
Waffle Flower Crafts $50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson $35 gift certificate
Penguin Palace C45 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh 2 $30 gift certificates
Clearly Besotted ยฃ25 gift certificate
Heffy Doodle ยฃ25 gift certificate
Avery Elle $25 gift certificate
Hero Arts $25 gift certificate
Honey Bee Stamps $25 gift certificate
Kalyn Kepner $25 gift certificate
Sunny Studio Stamps $25 gift certificate
The Gray Muse $25 gift certificate

WhOOOHOOO! Some GREAT prizes, don’t you think!? WOW!

Be sure to check out Emily’s YouTube Channel.ย Thanks again, Emily! โค It takes an amazing amount of time and effort and it is so worth it to see the kids create! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and for all your kind words to me in the past. My son definitely loves to hear from his “viewers”! Haaaa!

Your next stop is Caly Person HERE!ย Be sure not to miss Caly’s stop or anyone’s–the kids are all so fun!

Jill and my little buddy E โค

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STAMPtember with Honey Bee!

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the Honey Bee Exclusive Release for STAMPtember!! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog HERE to see more about this stamp set releasingย  from Simon Says Stamp/ Honey Bee Stamps NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚ This stamp set is called On My Mind and it has a coordinating die you can order as part of the combo if you’d like.

This set is a sweet wreath perfect for Autumn or really any time, depending on the colors you choose to use. I decided to take a slightly alternative route and create a watercolor card using the floral part of the wreath for a border around.

I laid down a few layers of watercolor and then white heat embossed over the top. I think if I did it again, I’d let up a little to keep more of the yellows, but you just never know with watercolor, do you?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out all the goodness over at Simon Says Stamp and find all the goodies there! The Honey Bee Stamps/SSS set On My Mind HERE. If you are thinking of ordering it, don’t delay!

There are a limited amount of these On My Mind stamp sets and dies available and if sometimes if you wait a wee bit too long (ask me how I know!) …POOF! They are gone! ๐Ÿ™‚ The exclusive collaborations are selling out in record time this year, so act fast if you can.

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in the ย STAMPtember Fun with Honey Bee!! Be sure to check it all out!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Happy Birthday, Taylored Expressions!

Today is the day to celebrate Taylored Expresssions Birthday!! Hooray!! Happy Birthday TE! Happy Dozen!! ๐Ÿฅณ

All these new partytastic products are available from Taylored Expressions today, September 8th! Yay!

First up, I have a sweet little birthday card featuring the new Millie’s Birthday Bash. How cute is Millie in this new set, sneaking some cake?!

Eeeep! I colored her with Copics and die cut her out. I used the sentiments from Millie’s Birthday Bash and from Tag Team Birthday.

I added allllll the shaker bits too, to make it a REAL party and stamped all the festive little images from the Tag Team Birthday in lots of colors on the back of the shaker window space. I created this window with the previously released Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Square. It worked out well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I made a fun party card using the new Bokeh Stencil Background. This stencil has so many fun things ahead! Lots of possibilities. I also used the Building Blocks – Happy Additions. The Building Blocks are so fantastic to just use for EVERYTHING!!

For this Bokeh, I did the first layer in Sugar Cube and that creates sort of a base for effect when you blend color over top. It’s pretty cool in person. ๐Ÿ™‚ At the end, I blended Salt Water Taffy over the top of that, and it just sort of brought out a little more pop. It is definitely not apparent in the photos, but thought I’d mention.

The Happy is stamped in an ombre effect, using the two colored inks. The TE inks always play nicely for this technique! Give it a try if you haven’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I have this sweet little birthday card with these awesome sentiments from Tag Team Birthday all stamped to create the background. I did this free style with an acrylic block and just eyeballing it. I can’t say if I’d ever get this good of a result ever again using his technique, but this block font in the Tag Team Birthday lends itself nicely to making it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚

I used these new little critters from the Life of the Party set. I created the windows with some vellum, Sugar Cube, On the Dot-Mini Slim Stencil and the Stitched Circle Stacklets. They turned out fun and I hope I remember to do this again! ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored the cute critters with Copic Markers.

For this next card, I used the new Candles Layering Stencil and the sentiment from Counting Candles Add-Ons. I love that this could be used so quickly to make cards in bulk! I actually should really be doing that ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚ The easy layers of the stencils make it so fun to see the quick results.

The layering stencils include the festive stars that can all be added in yet another color– Go Crazy! Mix it up! I kept mine pretty tame though–haaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

Birthday cards is something you can never have too many of! So to enjoy making them is key! I love to color, but sometimes you just need a stack of cards ready to pull from. These are them–Ba Bam! :

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Millie’s Birthday card:

Happy Card:

Tag Team Birthday Card:

Counting Candles:

All these products are available Today, September 8th over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Happy Birthday to Taylored Expressions–here’s to many more candles ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Fall Bear Ware!

Today, I’m here to share a fun couple of cards using some Ellen Hutson cuteness! They are not new, by any means, but always fun!

First up, I used Ellen Hutson’s Bear Ware 2 (and coordinating dies HERE) and of course, the original, All Inside with dies HERE! I also used Bear Ware 4 and Bare Ware 4ย dies HERE–I don’t know that I have before? How is that possible?

This little guy is always fun and makes up these sweet little cards to pop in the mail! โค Pies on a head? Why not? He’s fit to be pied. ๐Ÿ™‚

The backgrounds are from the set called Wonky Backdrops. This set is always a winner! ๐Ÿ™‚ย . The sweet little embellishments: Crystal Clear Droplets.

I hadn’t used this little All Inside guy lately, and well, I missed him! Plus, he clearly loves Fall too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up is the cute Halloween one! I couldn’t decide which little accouterments to use from Bear Ware 2, so I used most of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Who doens’t love a purple little kitty cat? ๐Ÿ™‚ย  A Beary Happy Halloween!

I colored all these with a very loose watercolor on Bristol paper using the Karin Markers! The Karin Markers are so fab because they stay nice and boldly/brightly colored. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick recap of the goodies I used–all with links if you want to find for yourself:

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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SSS STAMPtember 2020!

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the 2020 party of STAMPtember!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am using the new CZ Design Deco Squares Cling Background stamp! I decided it would be super fun to use the Karin Markers on it and watercolor allllll the rainbow goodness! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also used the previously released SSS You’re Doing Awesome die.

It’s far from perfect, but with watercolor, I think you have to let that go early on. I even used a lavender and a deep violet, which is basically against the grain, in my world. haaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog HERE to learn all the things about the celebration this month. Be sure to use the code in the image above for your order from Simon Says Stamp and getย your gift! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the Simon Says Stamp products I used:

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in the 2020 STAMPtember Fun!! Be sure to check it all out!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Taylored Expressions: Happy Mail Bundle!

Happy Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in super quick to share there is something newย  (and super FUN!) today from Taylored Expressions ! And I personally cannot wait to snag one! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Mail Bundle: This is a rainbow-themed collection of products that Taylor has curated to inspire crafters to share joy with others through their handmade cards. It comes in one of TE’s fun zippered pouches and includes envelopes, card cushions, sticky notes, envelope seals, rainbow foil tape and a rainbow pen.

September 1-6: All orders of $75+ will receive a free 6×6 Patterned Paper Pack in Rainbow Brights.

The stickers alone, I’m alllllll in! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to mail cards and this will be perfect to do so–tuck all your cards you want to mail in the zipper pouch to keep together and grab for on the go too!

These are all available from Taylored Expressions today, September 1st! Happy September!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more information ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Thank you, Paper Smooches!

Hello Everyone! Today is a special day to celebrateย Paper Smooches โ™ฅ๏ธ!! In case you didn’t know, Paper Smooches has been retired and Kim is on to a new adventure! We thought it would be fun to celebrate Paper Smooches and surprise Kim with a little Blog/Social Media Hug! #hugstoKim

A bunch of us are sharing cards/projects today to celebrate NINE YEARS of Paper Smooches!ย  That’s a long time! We wanted to create a project to send HUGS to Kim and thank her for all the creative inspiration she’s put out into the world for us all! โค

For my card, I figured it would be best if I used my favorite Paper Smooches stamps EVER. And well, whileย  that sounds amazing in theory, there was NO WAY they would all fit onto one card! Haaaaaa! I learned that super quick as I was pulling out dozens of sets. Ha! So I had to bag that idea quick, and instead made a card to say YAY!! We love you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my project I made and sent to Kim: โค

This card includes the following Paper Smooches goodies: Falling for You, Vanilla Verbiage, Hearts Stencil and Fab Frames Dies. Gah!!! These hearts!! And this sweet little Monster! โค I’m also using my little Paper Smooches watermark just one last time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know that I am far from alone in loving so many sweet images Kim has drawn. Kim also has an amazing gift in that her handwriting is so fantastically lovable, creating unique sentiments that are forever perfect for so many reasons. And Kim’s heart and appropriately her handdrawn hearts are some of my all time favorite–so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought I’d try and convey a little bit of my own personal gratitude to Kim and Paper Smooches today too. Although I often feel there aren’t words big enough for that amount of Thanks, I’ll try! My very first photopolymer stamp set was Paper Smooches and when you consider that Paper Smooches was created just nine years ago, I find this so odd. A good odd! I feel like I have been stamping and loving PS for so many more years than that. Kim has been aroundย  in the crafting industry for many year prior to PS and her resume overflows with her accomplishments, as many of us know. What talent!

I first started my Paper Smooches collection with the one stamp set. I didn’t have a die cut machine back then, so I couldn’t even say if dies were available? Again, another odd thing to think about. ha! But I collected and cultivated my PS collection, over time, entering PS contests and submitting my Paper Smooches cards for publication. And while I did earn more PS products to create with, what I am most grateful for was the mutual โค for crafty fun, design and sharing. From my first communication with Kim, it was ever so apparent of her kindness and support. Kim’s support has always given me steps to climb on, motivating me to practice and enjoy this craft more and more! I love making cards and over the years, Paper Smooches designs have always been at the top of my list. โค Thank you, Kim, for sharing your talents and kindness with all of us over the years. I am so grateful for you, your kindness, support and friendship and I CANNOT WAIT to see what you’re up to next, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

Thank you to many of the Paper Smooches designer Alumni who are joining in this HUG to Paper Smooches today! Be sure to pop over to all these links below and see what projects they are sharing as well. I’m certain they are amazing!!ย  I can’t wait to be inspired by them too. โค

Paper Smooches
Jill Hawkins << Me. ๐Ÿ™‚
Savannah O’Gwynn
JJ Bolton
Kim Kesti
Emily Leiphart

Also–JOIN US on the fun! Share your projects with the hashtagย  #hugstoKim on Instagram and we can keep the Hug chain going! If you’d like, you can also leave a hug via commentย  over on the Paper Smooches Blog.

Here’s a couple more cards I created more recently with some Paper Smooches goodies.ย  I shared them all on Instagram, but I thought I’d share here today too, for extra fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to everyone on the PS Teams for helping get this little celebration together! Thank you to JJ Bolton for creating our cutie little Paper Smooches Hug badge to celebrate as well! Thank you to Sav for sneaking in a little help on the Paper Smooches Blogย  ๐Ÿ™‚ . Thank you again, Kim–I am forever grateful and I look forward to supporting you always.

Thank YOU for stopping by! โค

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Taylored Expressions: Halloween!

Are you in the mood to get the Autumn things out? While I am holding on to Summer this year more than ever, but I am ALWAYS ready for Fall. It’s my favorite! On that note, today I’m here with fun Halloween goodness from Taylored Expressions! I love seeing all the Halloween cards the TE Creative Team made, so be sure to check them out over on the TE Blog with links to their blogs too!

These are all available from Taylored Expressions today, August 25th! Yay!

First up, of course, always a fave, Big Grumpy…and he’s all dressed up for Halloween with Big Grumpy Halloween!! ๐Ÿ™‚

This sentiment though! haaaaaaa!!!! Did you see the little graphic up there at the top of this post? That’s Melody’s super cute card. Another funny sentiment. ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored everything with Copic Markers and die cut them out before. I blended a mix of violets and purples (gasp) over a panel using the TE Rectangle Masking Stencil. Keeping the stencil on, I stamped adding to the previously released background Bare Trees Background. It turned out pretty spooky if I do say! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have this fun little pumpkin banner card made with the new Pumpkin Patch stamp + die set. This is a full background stamp you can stamp and then add all the stems and cute faces to. You can also die cut out the individual pumpkins, which I love!

I added them each to the Pennant Stacklets die cuts that I stamped with Sugar Cube on the new Linen Background stamp ( โค ). I created the background for this panel with the new Mini Slim Spider Web stencil in Toffee and of course, the TE Rectangle Masking Stencil.

The sentiment on this card is the Mini Strips-Halloween cut out with the Mini Strips Die. These little pumpkins come about 1-2-3 with this quick stamping system! For more fall related projects, you don’t need to stamp the faces if you choose not to. Love these each time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I have this sweet little Mini Slim card featuring the new uber cute set Spooktacular and Spooktacular Dies. I love the little stamp sets from Much Sketch every time–adorable!

I couldn’t decide which image to use first and then I ended up using two of the adorable ghosts that I colored with Copic Markers. Again, I used the Mini Slim Spiderweb Stencil to create this background with Lavender Glaze ink and the TE Blending Brushes. I also used the previously released Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Square and the Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets.

This is the inside. I just had to be sure I oriented the spider webs correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s a little party on the inside of the card too then! ๐Ÿ™‚

The sentiments are from the Pennant Parade – Halloween. I so love those fonts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I thought I’d share these sweet little pumpkin treat holders using the new TE Project Kit – Pumpkin Candy Capsule! I am so excited about using these for Halloween. Treat containers are always super fun and these are SO quick, easy and super fun to make. I want to make more! ๐Ÿ™‚

You just stick on the little faces and rub them on. They rub on and adhere beautifully! I highly recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚ The you add the cute cork topper stems with the sweet felt leaves… a wee bit of twine if you’d like and voila! Adorable!

Don’t forget the candy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also decided I needed an acorn, so I covered one of the container toppers with brown microbeads using decoupage glue. I might find microbeads all over for a little while….shhhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gah–I do love Halloween treats! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Oh and also, there’s this fun little package deal:

Big Grumpy Halloween card:

Pumpkin Bannerย Card:

Boo Mini Slimย Card:

Pumpkin Treats:

All these products are available today, August 25th over at Taylored Expressions!

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Trick or treat! In August! Have fun making sweet or spooky Halloween cards! I say the more cards we can make and send this year, the better! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Paper Hugs

We made it to another weekend! Hooray! I’m hoping to enjoy this one entirely.ย  I’m here today sharing some love usingย Honey Bee Stamps!!! Bridging into Fall with these color choices. ๐Ÿ™‚

This Honey Bee Stamps set is called Love Enclosed (with dies HERE), paired with the A2 Scallop dies and the little heart from Heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love the idea of sending little paper hugs in envelopes! Honey Bee has a super cute mailbox die that goes along with these cute envelopes and sentiments for extra fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

My goal is to send a lot of paper hugs out this week! โค

Check out all the latest over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog HERE. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can find all the links to these goodies over at Honey Bee Stamps and direct links below!

Here’s all the fun I used with links to Honey Bee Stamps:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!ย 

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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